After a morning spent exploring the creepy and spooky Wicklow Gaol and all its enclosing walls, we felt some wide open spaces and a breath of sea air was what was needed for the afternoon – Brittas Bay delivered on all counts.
Just about twenty minutes drive from Wicklow town and very easy to find, we paid the 4 Euro to enter the car park and discovered we had the place almost to ourselves. A bit of a surprise on a beautiful sunny day but very welcome – I wasn’t complaining.
A short walk to the sea and we found ourselves on one of the finest beaches on Ireland’s east coast. It is just beautiful – a three mile stretch of powdery golden sand, apparently it earns a coveted Blue Flag year after year.
They say the beach is popular with locals and can get busy, we didn’t experience this at all.
Two lifeguards were on duty but I for one did not feel the need to go in the sea. Bracing was how it looked to me – Son dipped a toe in and confirmed that fact.
Son found an old bucket and spade lurking in the hidden depths of the boot of our car and brought it along. Much fun was had digging and making sand creations before we walked to the far end of the beach.
The dunes behind the sand made for a bit of adventure too.
A beautiful spot, we spent a couple of hours here just soaking up that sea air – just what we needed after a morning in jail.